The past seven days saw plenty of action around the West Deptford athletic fields, as teams looked to make their final moves before the playoff cutoff date arrived.
Last week saw the boys’ lacrosse team take down Haddonfield to claim an Olympic Conference title, and the golf team take down the Bulldawgs to claim a piece of the Colonial Conference crown.
Also, another lacrosse player joined the 100-goal club.
Below is a look back at the week that was in local athletics, as well as a glimpse at this week’s schedule.
If it seems like history is happening an awful lot at West Deptford these days, that’s because it is.
The golf team was the latest squad to move closer to a conference championship, as the Eagles defeated rival Haddonfield, 171-178. It was West Deptford’s first win over Haddonfield in coach John Cobb’s six-year tenure. The teams are now tied for the conference lead, with one loss each. In each of the five previous seasons, West Deptford has finished in second place in the Colonial.
Kevin Brockway led the Eagles against Haddonfield with a 40, with John Meagher right behind him at 41. Ryan Henry (44) and Matt Santarelli and Ritchie Stolz (46 each) rounded out the scoring for West Deptford.
The West Deptford boys’ lacrosse team was tested last week with tough contests against Kingsway, Lenape and Haddonfield, and the Eagles passed with flying colors. After a loss to Kingsway, the Eagles cruised to wins over Haddonfield and Lenape, claiming an Olympic Conference title along the way.
Just a few weeks after dropping a one-goal decision to Haddinfield, West Deptford dominated the Bulldawgs, 16-4, at Eastern High School.
Also last week, Mike Reardon scored eight goals, while Nick Reardon dished out five assists in the Eagles’ 13-5 victory over Lenape. Not to be left out was a landslide win over Woodstown, which featured Ryan Monaghan scoring his 100th career goal.
The Eagles earned a No. 7 seed in the Group 2 playoffs and will host Lower Cape May (7-6) in the opening round of the tournament Monday, with the winner moving on to face either a ride up to Monmouth County and Allentown, or a home game against Lawrence High School.
The team enters the postseason on a winning note after Rachel Krott scored four goals and Paige Paratore added three in the Eagles’ 14-6 romp over Gloucester Catholic Friday.
Maddie Waschko added a pair of goals, and Jess Hill, Cara Spector, Mackenzie Thayres, Emily Whalin and Brooke Kidd all added a goal each in the win.
Competing against the best teams in the area, West Deptford got solid performances throughout the track and field in a third-place finish at the Gloucester County Track and Field Championships.
Megan Kirschling led the way, winning the high jump and 100 hurdles, while Samantha Budd and Nicole Pinto each took home first-place titles. Last week also brought the end of the regular season. West Deptford had an impressive campaign, going 10-1 and placing one game behind Haddonfield in the conference.
Nick Pulli was the Eagles’ top performer at the Gloucester County Track and Field Championships, placing second in the shot put with a throw of 50-11.25. Pulli’s throw came on his first attempt and held up until the final round, when he was bested by two feet. Other top finishers were Leo Impagliazzo (third, 800), Shai Mumford (third, long jump), and Brandon Holmes (third, javelin), as the West Deptford boys' placed sixth.
It was a rough close to the regular season for the West Deptford baseball team, which dropped all three games last week to fall to 7-13. The Eagles lost a pair of close games, including a 3-2 defeat to Highland in Cooperstown, NY. The team also lost a 6-3 decision to a Haddon Heights team it defeated 11-1 earlier in the year. According to current NJ.com standings, West Deptford will be a No. 14 seed in the Group 2 playoffs and will have an opening round matchup with Gloucester County Institute of Technology.
It was another winning week for the softball team as the Eagles went 2-1, picking up a 6-2 win over Collingswood and an 8-5 win over Lenape. The lone defeat came in a 3-1 loss to conference leader Haddon Heights.
West Deptford reached the cutoff date at 13-7 and are slated to be a No. 7 seed in the Group 2 playoffs. If current standings are correct, the Eagles will host No. 10 Willingboro in the opening round.
The Eagles have been a much-improved team over the second half of the schedule. Winners of three-out-of-four, West Deptford entered the playoffs as a No. 12 seed and gave No. 5 Cinnaminson everything it could handle in a 3-2 loss. No. 2 singles player Steve Marchunt and the second doubles team of R.J. Eckley/Mike McKendry each picked up wins, but Cinnaminson won at the other three positions in straight sets.
–The golf team competes in sectionals today and the conference tournament Tuesday.
–The girls’ lacrosse team hosts Lower Cape May in the opening round of the playoff today at 3:45 p.m.
–The baseball team looks to build some momentum towards the playoffs on Wednesday when it travels to take on rival Haddonfield.
–The softball team has conference showdowns with Sterling today and Lindenwold Tuesday.